It is a well-known fact that the Ukrainians are kind and generous people who always cheerfully welcome their guests. Their hospitality is shown by their skills of getting various delicious dishes as well as drinks on the table.
During a meal and cheerful chatting it is considered to be a good sign to show respect to each other by saying a traditional phrase “Bud’mo!” (Cheers!). This is a kind of a wish to stay healthy and live a long life.
At the same time this phrase contains even more hidden wishes that it seems to have. “Bud’mo!” sends a positive signal to be always successful and reach the goals that are targeted. Therefore, the word “Bud’mo!” is said by the Ukrainians while clinking the glasses to symbolize the unity of all gathered people and thus to wish each other all the best.
So, Ukrainian word “Bud’mo!” does not differ from English one “drinking “Cheers” as they both are forms of toasts – ”Be healthy!”.
Writing and pronunciation
The word “Bud’mo!” is pronounced with a stress on the first syllable. And it is written in Cyrillic like this «Будьмо!».